July 15th 2006

High Tech Pet Products
Geoff Mott, PetGadgets.com

If you're tired of the same old boring pet products and are looking for more innovative high tech products, you've come to the right place. PetGadgets.com has high tech pet gifts for the discriminating pet lover. At PetGadgets.com you'll find unique pets products that make life more enjoyable for you and your pet.

PetGadgets.com is also launching many new products come October. You can look for the Quick Finder, which allows you to find the nail quick when trimming a pet's nails; the Cat Genie, an innovative cat litter that works like a real toilet; a climate controlled pet carrier; a sonic squeaky toy that only your dog can hear; and a GoDogGo, a tennis ball launcher with a range of about 10-15 feet.

Living Chained to a Doghouse - Reality TV Style
Tammy Grimes, Dogs Deserve Better
It is day one of the Big Chain Off. Tammy Grimes, the founder of Dogs Deserve Better, has formed the first-ever game where humans will live as chained dogs.

14 people will live chained to doghouses for a period of up to two weeks in order to win the prize of a NEW Chevy Aveo. It is being held at Leidy Park in Mundys Corner, Pennsylvania approximately 1 hour east of Pittsburgh.

They will record their feelings once a day in a journal, helping to light a path for the dogs to travel toward freedom. They may cry, knowing the pain and suffering chained dogs endure, day in, day out-often for life. One of them will walk away with a new car...but more importantly, none of them will walk away unchanged. The knowledge they now bear may make it virtually impossible to look at a chained dog without a burning desire to make a difference in that dog's life."

Tune in for further segments on the outcome of the Big Chain Off.

New Laws on Cats & Dogs
Merritt Clifton, Animal People
Merritt discusses some of the new laws recently passed including a law in Illinois which creates a felony penalty for allowing dangerous dogs to run loose; a bill in Virginia that allows owners of a dog who causes serious bodily harm to a person to be charged with a felony; a bill in Vermont allowing judges to issue protective orders covering the pets of people who are trying to leave abusive relationships; and finally a bill in Rhode Island which signed into law would require people who keep cats to have them sterilized by six months of age. FREE TRIAL ISSUE http://www.AnimalPeopleNews.org

Lucky the Kitten ­ Animal Radio® Angel
Jeannette Mabee, Lucky's Guardian
Linda Smith, Riverside Animal Hospital
Lucky had been hit by a car and was limping and bleeding from the mouth when Jeanette found him. She called animal control, who came out and said that the kitten had bit its lip, so it was not internal bleeding and thought that nothing was broken. Animal Control told Jeannette that if they took the kitten that night it would have to be put to sleep. Jeannette didn't have the heart to just leave it. She took it home, but a couple days later it was still limping. She took it to a vet and he did x rays and found that it had a broken femur and needed (fho) surgery. He also tested for leukemia and aids at that time and it came back that the kitten had no diseases. The vet said it had an excellent chance of coming out of this surgery without a problem (also the kitten was only 4months old so it would be easier to recover he said). Jeannette really couldn't afford the surgery, but also couldn't have this kitten put to sleep when it was otherwise healthy.

Jeannette received donations (from Ruff, Voices for Animals, Actors & Others & Animal Garden Society) but still there was a remaining balance. The surgery also includes neutering.

Jeannette wasn't looking to get a kitten, but he kind of found her and she has fallen in love with him. He is a very affectionate kitten. Jeannette was trying to find a name for him when friend told her- wow this kitten is really lucky! - And the name sounded perfect.

A Final Journey
Al Martinez, BARKLEY: A Dog's Journey
When Barkley was diagnosed with a terminal illness, Martinez and his wife decided there was no time like the present to spend 24 hours a day and 3000 miles with their wondrous dog. The threesome face not only Barkley's impending end, but Martinez and his wife come to grips with their own future as they contemplate the roads they traveled.

Native Californian Al Martinez has spent more than five decades as a journalist, shared a 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service for a series on the Southern California Latino community, and earned the President's Award for Excellence from the Los Angeles Press Club. He has authored seven books and dozens of television screenplays. He lives in Topanga Canyon.

Animal Protection Laws
Jonathan Balcombe, Ph.D., Pleasurable Kingdom: Animals and the Nature of Feeling Good
Dr. Balcombe discusses the difficulty/ease of enacting laws and legislation in the US as it concerns our animal citizens. With countries like Italy enacting animal protection laws that affect their citizens and their animal companions ­ such as the mandate that you must walk a dog at least once a day and making it illegal to confine a goldfish to a (goldfish) bowl ­ where does that leave the rest of the world in terms of animal rights and animal protection, especially the United States? How do we stack up in terms of animal testing, the care of domestic animals, the protection of wild or endangered animals and the use of animals in the school room and university labs?

Jonathan Balcombe is a research scientist and animal behavior specialist. He's written some of the definitive papers on how schools can enable scientific testing without the use of animals. He is also the former associate director of the Humane Society of the United States.

Summer Sun Shines for the Animals
Rae Ann Kumelos, Voice of the Animal
Discover how, during the brightest and lightest week of the year, a fashion designer, a grocer and a president all made decisions that will have a positive affect on animals for years to come.

Talk With Your Animals
Joy Turner
Joy talks to Maggie, who's guardian would like her to go potty in one area of their small backyard.

Dog Undergoes Heart Surgery
Dr. Holly Mullen, VCA Animal Hospital
Wiley, a four month old, West Highland White Terrier puppy, recently underwent heart surgery to close a main vessel associated with his heart. Diagnosed with Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA), a congenial heat defect, the San Diego Humane Society's medical staff sought out a local veterinary specialist to perform the surgery. Dr. Holly Mullen performed the risky, yet hopefully successful surgery at the VCA Animal Hospital in Mission Valley.

A PDA is a birth defect found in humans and animals alike. When a fetus is in utero, the Ductus Arteriosus vessel is open, allowing the blood to bypass the lungs. However, when the baby is born, the vessel typically closes automatically, allowing the blood to flow to the lungs, become oxygenated and then flow to the rest of the body. When the vessel does not close, it is termed patent, or "open," causing the heart to work harder than normal to maintain normal blood flow throughout the body. This extra workload will eventually cause the heart to fail. Without surgery, research shows that most dogs with PDA will go into congestive heart failure before they are two years old. However, if successfully operated on, the chance of survival is excellent. If everything goes well, Wiley should be in the last stages of recovery and available for adoption within a few weeks.

Animal Instinct
Dorothy Hayes, Animal Instinct
Animal Instincts author Dorothy B. Hayes was formerly known as Dot Hayes, longtime staff writer and public relations director for Friends of Animals. Earlier, Hayes covered animal issues for several Connecticut newspapers.

Her novel, Animal Instincts is an autobiographical novel describing just over a year in the life of an advocacy group staff writer named Eleanor Aquitane Green. Read about Eleanor Green as she quits her job and joins the animal rights movements. Eleanor believes that the animals are her true calling and endures the daily batterings from her tyrant boss to gain some kindness for the animals. Not only will you be shocked and amazed at the unexpected outcome, you will moved by her plight along the way.

While Animal Instincts is a novel, you can't help but wonder hat true life characters the book is based upon! This page turner on crusading for the animals is something most people can relate to!

Animal Instinct is available at books stores everywhere and at AnimalInstinctNovel.com.

Wilbur Lives
Britt Savage
When photographers came to shoot pictures of John Batey's pig, who was posing as Wilbur for a reprint of Charlotte's Web, John mentioned that the pig would be sold sometime later that year.

Well, it didn't take long for the word to get out that Wilbur might be turned into pork chops. John received calls from all over begging for clemency for the pig.

John then had a change of heart, named his pig Wilbur and plans on letting him live the rest of his life out on the farm.

Breed Bans - Do They Work?
Dr. Jim Humphries, Veterinary News Network
The stories are terriblechildren mauled, adults attacked, other pets killed. Aggressive dogs make headlines across the nation and so do the efforts to control them. The problem? The laws don't work!

Since the 1980s, breed specific legislation (BSLs) or aggressive dog laws have been working their way across this country and Canada. Touted by many to be the answer to vicious dog attacks, BSLs have shown up in state legislatures, city council meetings, and small town agendas.

A breed specific legislation is defined as a statute or regulation that is directed toward one or more specific breeds of dogs. According to the website, www.animallaw.info, the majority of BSLs focus on dogs traditionally known as "dangerous" breeds. These include pit bulls, German Shepherd Dogs, Chow Chows, Rottweilers, and Doberman Pinschers. The list, however, is growing and often includes mixed breed dogs that show characteristics of these breeds. Additionally, 37 states have already enacted laws or have legislation pending at some level of government.

Listen to the 1/2 Hour ABRIDGED VERSION Podcast of this show (#346).


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